“Without any apologies (from the BBC), I just don’t feel comfortable being aligned with the organization,” Whately wrote.
Last month, a white network reporter used the word to describe a verbal attack that took place between a black National Health Service worker who was hit by a car.
Fiona Lamdin preceded the report by saying that viewers would hear “very offensive language”. The comment was greeted with a swift reaction from the internet community, with many criticizing the reporter for having edited the word of her report.
“No matter how you cut it, Fiona Lamdin shouldn’t have said the word on TV. What was she thinking? tweeted Matthew Teller, a documentary filmmaker who previously worked for the BBC.
The BBC defended its position saying it wanted to convey the racist nature of the story using the word and viewers were given “adequate warnings that upsetting imagery and language would be used”.
To date, the BBC has received over 18,000 complaints about the story.